How’s the decorating going where you are?
Just between us?
I wasn’t sure I was going to make the nine-tree deadline I gave myself before Thanksgiving.
And then? The heavens opened up and the birds chirped and the stars twinkled and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus in four-part harmony.
BECAUSE THE TWINS ARE COMING HOME.
They’ve been decorating trees since they lost their first tooth.
So now that my decorating crew is in transit I have a little extra time for the Thanksgiving table.
Look at these napkin rings. Aren’t they the cutest? You can make a set of your own with spoons and a little stamping know-how.
I’m so excited to be kicking off the Deck The Halls blog hop with some of my favorite people. There are tons of decorating ideas for the upcoming season.
And let’s start with this one.
Here’s how to make stamped spoon napkin rings.
How To Make Stamped Spoon Napkin Rings
Everything is linked below
vintage silverplate spoons (at the risk of stating the obvious)
Step 1: Flatten the spoon with a rubber mallet
Hammer the vintage silverplate spoon until it’s flat with a rubber mallet.
It’s easiest if you attach the spoon with a vice grip to hold it in place. A few taps of the mallet are all you need. The silverplate is super pliable and flattens easily.
Just know that after you flatten it, you will still have some bumps when you finish.
They’re called character. 🙂
Step 2: Choose the size of stamps you want to use
Here are the three sizes of stamps I have.
I used the 1/4 for stamped spoon napkin ring.
Step 3: Stamp the spoon
Place spoon on the steel stamping block. The stamping block is super important. I’ve tried to stamp it without the steel block and it just doesn’t imprint the letters as well.
Hold the silver stamp where you want the letter to go and hit hard with a hammer several times. You may want to practice on a spoon several times so you can get the idea of placement, etc. It’s also VERY IMPORTANT (says the person who learned the hard way) to make sure that your letter is not upside down. Look at the letter on the stamp to check before each time you stamp just to be sure.
In addition, sometimes after you’ve stamped your entire saying or name, you have to flip the spoon over and flatten it again when the edges curl up slightly.
Step 4: Trace the letters
After you’ve finished stamping the spoon, you can trace the letters with an ultrafine sharpie marker to make the letters dark. Over trace so the sharpie lines spill over the edges and then wipe away the excess with a soft cloth.
You may have to trace several times to darken.
Step 5: Bend the spoon into a napkin ring
Bend the spoon with your hands until the spoon forms a narrow “u”.
The silverplate is so pliable that it’s easy to bend without pushing that hard.
You can also bend the tip to make it form a circle, but I really like it straight on the bottom because then the napkin ring lays perfectly flat on the plate.
These would make the cutest handmade gift, too.
Here are just a few ideas to stamp on your spoons:
- Stamp names (and give it as a party gift)
- Dates ( 12/25)
- Funny quotes for each person
- The twelve days of Christmas
- A monogram
- Joyeux Noel
Or you could stamp Mele Kalikimaka.
And when you set the table and your guests are so all about you and your decorating and your spoon napkin ring and they tell you how amazing you are and wonder how you do it all and ask what you could possibly think up next tell them Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way….
….to say Merry Christmas to you. 🙂
And now be sure and stop by my friend Renae’s home here for the next idea on the tour.
Here’s a hint: it’s blue and white. 🙂
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